A gun-control political action committee is using language implying using violent means in an ad against Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was shot by a left-wing gunman in 2017.
The Mad Dog PAC describes itself as “attack dogs” that are “tossing mortars” at Republicans. They target specific candidates like Scalise, and advocate on a variety of liberal causes, including gun control.
As part of their effort to raise money, the group sells a “Treason Token,” an “impeachment” coin featuring the faces of President Trump and Vladimir Putin on one side, and Robert Mueller on the other, with the engraved slogan “In Mueller We Trust.”
They also erect billboards targeting Republicans, and one targeting Steve Scalise is featured on their front page. As part of the promotion of the billboard, however, they included the words “Take Out Scalise,” a term often used when one is targeted for death with a gun.
After word of the group’s language hit social media, however, Mad Dog PAC didn’t apologize, but instead changed the wording to “Vote Out Steve Scalise.” Screenshots of the original version, and the new “corrected” version are included below.
A liberal group is raising money to put up a billboard to “take out” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who survived being shot while practicing at a baseball field in Alexandria last June.
The homepage of Mad Dog PAC’s website has a photo of the proposed billboard with a link asking site-goers for donations. The liberal group is the same organization behind a billboard with the message “IMPEACHMENT NOW” along the motorcade route to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
The PAC also sells shirts that read “The NRA is a terrorist organization” for $30 and denim jackets with the group’s logo for $200 apiece.
Mad Dog PAC chairman Claude Taylor told The Ledger that his group was planning to “toss mortars” at the other side.
“People know that President Trump is a crook, and we’re going to do something about it,” Taylor said. “We are tossing mortars at the other side. We’re not offering policy prescriptions. We’re attack dogs; that’s what we’re here for.”
Here is the original image from the Mad Dog PAC website:
Here is the corrected version:
The Mad Dog PAC has not commented on the change or the outrage on their initial usage.
The incident is not unlike the outrage from the liberal left at Sarah Palin in 2011 when she used gun sights as “targets” on Democratic congressional districts on a map. One of those Democrats targeted on the map, Gabby Giffords, was later shot at a campaign event. The New York Times even blamed Palin for the shooting.
There has been no comment from The Times or any other Democrats to the words used by Mad Dog PAC.